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1 John 2:3 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
3 And by this we know that we have come to know him if we keep his commandments.
And by this we know that we have come to know him. To wit, by that which follows, we have evidence that we are truly acquainted with him, and with the requirements of his religion; that is, that we are truly his friends. The word him, in this verse, seems to refer to the Savior. On the meaning of the word know, see Notes, John 17:3. The apostle had stated in the previous part of this epistle some of the leading points revealed by the Christian religion, and he here enters into the consideration of the nature of the evidence required to show that we are personally interested in it, or. that we are true Christians. A large part of the epistle is occupied with this subject. The first, the grand evidence—that without which all others would be vain—he says is, that we keep his commandments.
If we keep his commandments. See Notes, John 14:15. Comp. John 14:23, 24; 15:10, 14.
John 14:15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
Keep my commandments – This is the only proper evidence of love to Jesus, for mere profession is no proof of love; but that love for him which leads us to do all his will, to love each other, to deny ourselves, to take up our cross, and to follow him through evil report and through good report, is true attachment. The evidence which we have that a child loves its parents is when that child is willing, without hesitation, gainsaying, or complaining, to do all that the parent requires him to do. So, the disciples of Christ are required to show that they are attached to him supremely by yielding to all his requirements, and by patiently doing his will in the face of ridicule and opposition, 1 John 5:2-3.
John 14:23-24 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our abode with him. 24 The one who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.
John 15:10, 14 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
By Albert Barnes